Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony at the Supreme Court of the United States

Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony at the Supreme Court of the United States

Location: Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court application deadline for the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

All completed applications need to be submitted to the Alumni Relations office on or before January 9. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

In order to ensure delivery by deadline, please request your Certificate of Good Standing as soon as possible.

Schedule for Monday, March 4Supreme Court

  • 8:15 a.m. Arrival at the Supreme Court for Security Clearance (Maryland Avenue Entrance)
  • 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Lawyers Lounge
  • 10 a.m. Swearing-In Ceremony
  • 10:30 a.m. Group Photograph

    Supreme Court of the United States
    1 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20543

$300 per person, includes $200 Supreme Court fee and $100 Hofstra Law processing fee. (For application instructions and complete registration information, see below.)

Instructions for Supreme Court Bar Admission

There are two ways to gain admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court:

Open Court Admission

In this admission, the applicant is presented in court on Monday, March 4, during a special session. The application and instructions for open court admission to the bar follow (also see “How to Register,” below).

Admittees must:
  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Practice.
  2. You must have endorsements of two sponsors who are members of the Supreme Court Bar who know the applicant personally and are not related to the applicant by blood or marriage. The Office of Alumni Relations can assist with this requirement where necessary.
  3. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from a presiding judge, clerk or authorized official of the highest court of a state, commonwealth, territory, possession or the District of Columbia evidencing the fact that the admittee has been a member of the bar of such court for three years.

Due to the size of the courtroom, we are limited in space, to be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person being admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court may bring one guest into the courtroom to witness the Swearing-In Ceremony. At the discretion of the Supreme Court, additional guests may be allowed, but it is not guaranteed. Application deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Please do not send admission materials to the Court. The Law School will coordinate on your behalf.

Written Motion

If you are unable to attend the open court admission, you may be admitted by written motion. Graduates can file a completed application directly with the U.S. Supreme Court Clerk’s Office. The Certificate of Good Standing is mailed by the applicant. Note that there is no quota on the number of graduates who can apply for admission by written motion. Application deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

How to Register

The application and instructions for bar admission can be found on the U.S. Supreme Court website.

Read the Instructions for Admission to the Bar (PDF).

Complete the Supreme Court’s Application for Admission to Practice (PDF).

  1. Complete the U.S. Bar Admission required paperwork.
  2. Obtain a Certificate of Good Standing.
  3. Mail, in advance of the Wednesday, January 9, 2013, deadline, your completed U.S. Bar application and Certificate of Good Standing with your check payable to Hofstra University to the address below. To participate in the Supreme Court Bar Admission Swearing-In Ceremony, the fee is $300 ($200 for the Supreme Court fee, $100 for the Law School processing fee) and $30 for each guest.

    Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
    Office of Alumni Relations
    Attention: Elizabeth LaFaye
    121 Hofstra University, Room 244
    Hempstead, NY 11549-1210

For more information or questions about the admission process, please contact Elizabeth LaFaye at 516-463-2586.

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